Det er over 1,6 millioner bønder og arbeidere spredt over mer enn 75 land som deltar i Fairtrade. Her kan du lese virkelige historier om hvordan Fairtrade-sertifisering har bidratt positivt til bønders og arbeideres liv.
Blomsterplantasjen Oserian ligger ved bredden av innsjøen Naivasha, en av de høyestliggende innsjøene i Øst-Afrika. "Oserian" betyr "fredens sted" på Masai-språket. Totalt er det over 6000 ansatte ved blomsterplantasjen, 90% av dem er fast ansatte, mens 10% er sesongarbeidere.
Primarosa Flowers Ltd. ligger i Athi River, 1.500 moh., 45 km sørøst for Nairobi.Bedriften driver to moderne blomsterplantasjer, og på totalt 150 hektar jord dyrker de 1500 ansatte ca. 100 millioner blomster årlig. Primarosa Flowers har som mål å være et miljømessig forbilde i regionen. Fairtrade-sertifiseringen krever bl.a. redusert sprøytemiddelbruk, rensing av utslippsvann og tiltak mot jorderosjon.
Den Fairtrade-sertifiserte blomsterplantasjen Tropiflora Ltd. ligger nord for Kenyas hovedstad Nairobi, og sysselsetter omtrent 400 arbeidere årlig.Plantasjen ligger i et område med høy luftfuktighet, mange solskinnsdager og kjølige netter, som er perfekt for blomsterdyrking.
Federación de Cooperativas Agrícolas Guatemala (FEDECOCAGUA)
Federación de Cooperativas Agrícolas Guatemala (FEDECOCAGUA) was established in 1969 in Guatemala to improve the position and living standard of small-scale farmers by introducing their coffee to the global market. FEDECOCAGUA is the umbrella organization for around 23,000 coffee farmers belonging to 92 affiliated farmers’ organizations from all parts of the country.
Kopepi Ketiara Cooperative (KOPEPI) is a women-led cooperative located at Takengon, next to Gayo Mountain in Sumatra, Indonesia. The cooperative was established in 2009 by the initiative of 39 coffee farmers, but has quickly grown to almost 2,000 members, most of them women. All the members are small scale coffee farmers from different villages in the region and most rely on coffee production to earn their living.
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) is the largest Fairtrade coffee producer in Ethiopia. As the birthplace of coffee, the Oromia region is home to unique and diverse plant species. Two-thirds of the country’s coffee is grown in this region.OCFCU was founded by the initiative of 34 small cooperatives in 1999. Today 217 cooperatives representing 202,397 farmers are members of OCFCU, and their Fairtrade coffee is sold into the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The cooperative was Fairtrade certified in 2002.
Corporación de Productores Agroecológicos y Frutas Tropicales San Miguel de Brasil, also known as San Miguel de Brasil, is a cooperative organization of small banana growers in El Oro, a region on the Southwestern Coast of Ecuador. It was formed in 2001 with the goal of improving the quality of life and working conditions of its member farmers, their workers, and their families.During the first months of 2006, the organization achieved the two certifications: organic and Fairtrade.
Cooperativa dos Agropecuaristas Solidarios de Itapolis, known as COAGROSOL, is a cooperative of small-scale farmers located in the municipality of Itápolis, about 350 km north of São Paulo in Brazil. Coagrosol has been Fairtrade certified since 2002 and was one of the first Fairtrade certified cooperatives in Brazil.
The Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Ltd. (BBTCL) is a tea estate located in Tamil Nadu, India.The estate has tea plantations covering 2,822 hectares in the hills of South India, and has been Fairtrade certified since 1995.
Cooperativa de Producción Agro-Industrial Manduvirá Ltda, known as Manduvirá, is a sugar cane cooperative located in the village of Arroyos y Esteros, in the southwestern region of Paraguay.The cooperative was founded as a savings and credit cooperative in 1975 by a group of teachers and agricultural workers to help its members access credit without the bureaucracy of bank loans and to work together to improve their community. As well as organic sugar, its 1,750 members produce organic sesame, cotton, fruit and vegetables.
Mubuku Moringa Vanilla Farmers Association (MMVFA) is an organization consisting of 14 vanilla producer cooperatives located in the Rwenzori region in Western Uganda.Following the crash of world market prices for vanilla in 2001, many farmers operating in the region were not able to make a living through their vanilla sales and wanted to abandon their crops. MMVFA was set up in 2005 by eight cooperatives, joining together to support these farmers. The association was supported by Ndali Estates, a locally based Fairtrade processor and trader, and aimed at helping farmers improve the quality and quantity of their production, strengthen their offer, and find better markets for their produce.
La Riojana Cooperativa Vitivinifrutícola de La Rioja Ltda (La Riojana)
La Rioja, Argentina
Vinkooperativet La Riojana ligger i La Rioja provinsen som er en av Argentinas mest kjente vinområder. Det tørre og varme været, med kjølige netter gir friske druer og er et perfekt område for økologisk vinproduksjon.
Fair Farming Foundation-Ramnagar (FFF Ramnagar) is a Fairtrade certified rice cooperative established in 2012 in India. The cooperative is located in northern India, in the so-called Foothills of the Himalayas, and brings together smallholder farmers from 38 villages in the regions of Betalghat, Kotabag, Patkot and Dhela.
Located in the village of Cuatro Horas, in the Caravelí province of southern Peru, Minera Aurifera Cuatro de Enerno (MACDESA), is a small scale gold mine founded in 2004 through the federation of 478 artisanal miners.
Vision Technologies Corporation, also known as Vision, is a sports ball factory located in the city of Sialkot in northeast Pakistan.The Sialkot district in Pakistan is the principal global source of hand stitched sports balls, with around 40,000 people involved in the sports ball industry and supplying over 70% of the world’s global demand.Sport ball manufactures has been criticized for low pay, poor working conditions and illegal employment of children who are forced into work because adult wages are often too low to support a family.Fairtrade has an important role in combating child labor by tackling the root of its cause; poverty and lack of income due to adults not receiving a fair wage. The Fairtrade Sports Ball Standards include criteria that companies must meet concerning working conditions, wages and non-discrimination.
Formed in 2006, Fair Trade Alliance Kerala (FTAK) is a cooperative located in South India that represents over 4,500 smallholder farmers growing cashew nuts, coffee, coconuts and spices.FTAK is a farmer-led movement whose members are located in four hilly districts of the Western Ghats of Kerala. The cooperative was formed with the intention of improving the lives of smallholder farmers by enabling them to access the global market and improve their income.